POTUS on the bima

About the time that White House spokesman Eric Schultz announced that President Barack Obama would visit Adas Israel Congregation, the Secret Service showed up at the Conservative synagogue in Cleveland Park. As the final touches are put in place for the chief executive’s address this Friday — he will speak in celebration of Jewish American… Read More

Raskin’s ambition to be in moral center

At his campaign kick-off, Maryland state Sen. Jamie Raskin declared that his “ambition is not to be in the political center.” “My ambition,” said the congressional candidate, “is to be in the moral center.” It’s a refrain the Jewish Raskin, who is seeking the seat being vacated by Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-District 8) as… Read More

Bernie Sanders makes it official Independent senator will challenge Hillary from the left

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will challenge Hillary Clinton from the left in the Democratic primaries for the 2016 presidential election. The self-described “democratic socialist” made the announcement on Thursday at a press conference outside the U.S. Capitol. “This country today has more serious crises than at any time since the Great Depression of the 1930s…. Read More

Rockville man, held by al-Qaida, killed in U.S. operation

A United States government counterterrorism operation in January resulted in the accidental death of two hostages held by al-Qaida, including Warren Weinstein of Rockville. Weinstein, 73, had been held by al-Qaida in Pakistan since 2011. Also killed was Giovanni Lo Porto, an Italian national who had been held since 2012. Weinstein was a former official… Read More

Groups await Va. State Bar’s release of records on Israel seminar cancellation

The uproar over the Virginia State Bar’s decision to cancel its seminar in Israel due to allegedly discriminatory border patrol practices shows no signs of subsiding. The Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America and the Zionist Organization of America have filed Freedom of Information Act requests following the state bar’s email informing… Read More